Some of the most interesting intangible capital stories these days come from the intersection between businesses that seem to be heavily tangible but are actually succeeding based on their intangibles. A recent post by Workbar talked about the intangibles in the co-working industry. And this recent article by the Boston Globe shared the fascinating story of the revival of the independent bookshop. After multiple threats from Amazon to megastores to e-readers, the industry seemed doomed:
The article quotes a recent report by Ryan Raffaelli, an assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at Harvard Business School. He identified three key strategies that helped drive the change (and the intangible capitals behind them):
The first two elements were always there. But they have been elevated and emphasized in a whole new way in this approach. There are lessons here for many industries.
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